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Architects given anti-terror advice

Architects have been issued with guidance on how to incorporate anti-terrorism measures into building designs.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said practices should think about security at the earliest possible opportunity, and advised the use of surveillance techniques, barriers, bollards and extra-strong glass to counter the various threats.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said the guide also outlined potential dangers, design solutions and the key agencies to contact in the event of a problem.

“It brings together guidance from many public bodies providing an invaluable resource that will inform briefing, design and delivery on many building types,’ she said.

“Architects and other designers are now being required to take into consideration counter-terrorism measures when designing public access buildings and public open spaces.”

Ruth Reed, RIBA president

“Architects and other designers are now being required to take into consideration counter-terrorism measures when designing public access buildings and public open spaces.

“It is important that our built environment continues to reflect that we are an open and inclusive society and that in interpreting these new requirements our buildings do not convey that we are driven by security measures.”

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